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Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff (Aug 29)
Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two air disasters this year.


Biggest Japan defence budget sought (Aug 29)
Japan's defence ministry has requested its biggest ever budget amid severe tensions with China over a maritime dispute in the East China Sea.


Pakistan army to mediate in protest (Aug 29)
Pakistan's powerful army chief to mediate in deadlock between PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in Islamabad.


Myanmar beauty queen loses title (Aug 29)
A Myanmar woman who won a beauty pageant in South Korea is stripped of her title after organisers claimed she was ungrateful and dishonest.


Australian actor Bill Kerr dies (Aug 29)
Australian actor Bill Kerr, "the boy from Wagga Wagga" who became one of Tony Hancock's radio sidekicks in the 1950s, dies in Perth at the age of 92.


N Korea retracts cheerleader offer (Aug 29)
North Korea retracts a decision to send cheerleaders to South Korea for the Asian Games, accusing Seoul of quibbling over details.


'Dead' Indian activist found alive (Aug 29)
An Indian activist thought to have died in a car fire is found alive in Bangalore and accused by police of faking his death over a woman.


Volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea (Aug 29)
Papua New Guinea's eastern Mount Tavurvur erupts, disrupting flights and spewing rocks and ash into the air.


Japan's economy signals weakness (Aug 29)
Japan's economy shows signs of stagnation and weakness as households spent less and factory output stays flat in July.


UN peacekeepers held in Golan (Aug 29)
Forty-three Fijian UN peacekeepers are being held by an armed group in the Syrian Golan Heights, amid heavy fighting between rebels and the army.
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